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Eurythmy Movements and Meditations: A Journey to the Heart of Language Paperback – June 18, 2012
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About the Author
Cynthia Hoven has been working with Eurythmy for over 35 years. She began her studies in the sciences, however, gaining degrees in Science and Psychology with the intent of doing postgraduate work in Parapsychology. She interrupted her studies to travel the world. She spent two years traveling through Europe, the Middle East, India and Nepal, Indochina and Japan. Upon returning to the United States, she shifted her focus to work with the healing arts, and began her studies in Eurythmy, with the intention of doing postgraduate work in Therapeutic University. Completing these trainings in 1982, she worked in as many situations in Europe as possible, performing Eurythmy and practicing Therapeutic Eurythmy with psychiatric patients (Friedrich Husemann Klinik), children with special needs (Camphill Community), and general medicine (Ita Wegman Klinik). She returned to the US in 1983, where she joined with a medical doctor and others to co-found the Raphael Therapy Center for anthroposophical treatments in Sacramento, CA. She simultaneously sought collaborative opportunities for working with Rudolf Steiner College and with the Sacramento Waldorf School. To continue her deep commitment to eurythmy as a performing art, she co-founded the Sacramento Eurythmy Performing Group, and helped direct, organize and perform in tours throughout the west coast during the 1980’s. In 1992 she became a faculty member of Rudolf Steiner College, lecturing on anthroposophical topics and teaching eurythmy in all programs. In the 1990’s she gained her Master’s Degree, based on the thesis “Eurythmy: Making Speech Visible.” In 2002,she founded a professional eurythmy training at Rudolf Steiner College under the sponsorship of the Eurythmeum Stuttgart in Germany, through mentor Michael Leber. The four year training graduated its first course in 2006, and continued to grow through Dec. 2010. Since the folding of the eurythmy training, Cynthia continues to teach eurythmy at Rudolf Steiner College, travels widely to teach adult and children's classes, and has an active eurythmy therapy practice. Her further spheres of interest include collaborative work with Impulse Youth Group, Oasis Games North America, playthecall, and many other ventures of cooperation and vision for serving the future of the planet by attending to deep spiritual, social and ecological values. Cynthia is grateful to share her life with her husband Harald, a leader in Biodynamic Gardening, and daughter Katrina.
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For me Eurythmy is the new qi-gong/tai chi. I did those practices before I discovered Eurythmy and I love Eurythmy so much more- due to its grace, beauty and aesthetics. I love this book and the accompanying support you receive off eurythmyonline.com (although not mentioned I don't think) - several free to get you started.
Having done meditation for over 15 years I experience that Eurythmy gets me into that open state of meditative brain waves as other practices do- except much quicker- because YOU ARE ACTUALLY IN THE VOID - in the quantum field of possibility- when you are moving space around your body with your arms and hands. I am much better able to drop into delta theta states and maintain sharp conscious awareness- not zone out into a lost trance.
The art work is just some of the best one will ever hope for in a book- hence the price worthwhile.
This book is a great meditation book... just to sit - take in some of the affirmation statements the author has written... then imagine yourself in the gowns, and light and love- you are in heaven on earth instantly! Cannot recommend this enough! A must have in my unbiased opinion! ha ha! Enjoy!